Modest Mouse
Higher Ground & DSP Shows Presents

Modest Mouse

The Districts

Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
All Ages
Modest Mouse w/ The Districts at the Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

PLEASE CARPOOL: It helps to dramatically expedite the entrancing and exiting. Please be aware that it can take anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes to exit the lots, so please plan ahead and have patience. Gate E, located off of 2A and in the back of the Exposition will be open for both entrance and exit.

No re-entry: Remember to bring everything you need for the night from your car.

The show is rain or shine: Personal umbrellas are fine, but please no golf umbrellas.

Keep in mind that this show is at the Midway Lawn, not in the Grandstands. It's a General Admission venue with lawn seating, so please be respectful of others.

We suggest bringing: Blanket, beach chair, sunscreen, hat, rain gear (if applicable), cash, ID, a factory sealed water bottle or empty reusable water bottle.There will be an ATM on site, but we encourage people to bring cash.

NO: Food, drinks, or pets allowed. Please no professional cameras (SLR's with detachable lenses), video or audio recording.

Food vendors on site include: North Country Specialty Foods (Ice Cream, Fried Dough, Lemonade), Mark BBQ, Sausage Shack, B&M Fries, Ahli Babas, Fajita Hut, A-Maiz-Ing Kettle Corn.

Delicious beverages from: Fiddlehead, Zero Gravity, Narragansett, Citizen Cider, White Claw, Dear Mom Wine, Barr Hill and Mad River Distillery.

Children 12 and under are free. No food or drinks allowed. Blankets and chairs are permitted. All events are rain or shine.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

+ We will be following all State of Vermont Health guidelines and mandates.

+ Per Governor Scott’s ‘Vermont Forward’ guidance, masks are encouraged, but not required.

+ The Midway Lawn is a large general admission lawn with ample room for physical distancing. Folks who want more space are welcome to spread out on the back half of / and outer perimeter of the lawn.

+ Please exhibit mutual respect and kindness for your neighbors.

+ Stay home if you're sick or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse announced their return earlier this month and today they’ve not only shared a new single off their forthcoming album, they’ve also plotted out an extensive US tour. Modest Mouse is known as one of the most consistent live bands around, and today they’ve announced a US tour that kicks off at the end of July and will include festival stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Austin City Limits in Austin as well as shows at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel, LA’s Theatre at the Ace Hotel and DC’s The Anthem. They’ll also be joined on a string of dates with special guests Future Islands including Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and Seattle’s Marymoor Park. Tickets for the tour go on sale Wednesday, May 26th at 10am local time. Visit www.modestmouse.com for more information.

Also released today is “Leave a Light On,” the second single off their anxiously awaited seventh full-length, The Golden Casket, out June 25 via Epic Records. The song finds Brock navigating the existential threat of losing our humanity - and the interconnectedness that come with it - amidst a constant societal barrage of physical and digital materialism. Earlier this month, the band shared the first single “We Are Between.”

The band’s seventh- studio album, The Golden Casket, heralds another new chapter in the band’s unpredictable evolution. Over the past quarter century, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock has served as indie rock’s resident backwoods philosopher, pondering his infinitesimal place in the world at large and seeking balance in a universe governed by polar opposites. On Modest Mouse’s earliest records, he was surveying the changes in the world’s physical landscape from the windows of the tour van, lamenting the displacement of natural beauty with big-box blights. The Golden Casket, the band’s seventh-studio album, is exploring the degradation of America’s psychic landscape through the glass of the smartphone screen and invisible technology. Brock also touches on a new theme in his life, fatherhood.

Produced with Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles and in Modest Mouse’s studio in Portland, the album hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science.

The Districts

"You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere is an unachievable promise,” says The Districts bandleader Rob Grote. “It’s about a dream for love to last forever and a yearning to postpone death. It is about wanting to escape everyday life while also craving time with one who’s present. It’s a plea to remain the same in the face of constant change, and the certainty of going nowhere fast.” Written after playing nearly 200 shows over two years in support of their 2017 album, Popular Manipulations, The Districts’ 4th full-length You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere almost never arrived.


Pulling from the propulsive Popular Manipulations, the jagged indie rock of 2015’s A Flourish and a Spoil, and the rootsy vibe of their 2012 debut, Telephone, the band here followed their creative instincts every step of the way, resulting in their most sophisticated and adventurous record to date. “I really just needed to be myself instead of being what someone else thought I should be, whether that was like some masculine bar-band singer or…I don’t know,” Grote says, laughing. “I just want to be myself, and I want to try and do that as best as I can. This record is paradoxically the most-Districts record ever with no intention of ever being one at all. It’s about breaking free from how you’re seen, always being yourself first and holding on to who you are—but also about coming together as a whole and putting your 'self' aside. Doing all that, I’ve realized, ‘Oh, this is how I want to make music from now on!’”

Children 12 and under are free. No food or drinks allowed. Blankets and chairs are permitted. All events are rain or shine.

Venue Information:
Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
105 Pearl Street

Essex Junction, VT, 05452